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5 reasons to study at Xaverian College

1. High Performing

Top 10% nationally for student achievement.  Excellent results at all levels, from Level 1 to University Science courses and in both academic and applied subjects.  Always above national averages.

2. Friendly & Welcoming

A genuine community where every individual is cared for and supported to success.  Our caring ethos is central to college life, and at Xaverian you will be welcomed into a diverse and exciting community that values every individual and an environment that will support you in every way.

3. Unique Campus

Set in the heart of Manchester and with a rich history going back over 150 years.  A mixture of new and modern buildings together with historic grade one listed buildings, superb facilities and lots of space makes this an attractive and successful sixth form college.

4. Teaching & Learning

Dynamic, engaging lessons delivered by enthusiastic staff, passionate about their subjects and their students.  Teachers providing extensive academic, pastoral and extracurricular activities to ensure students fulfil their potential and achieve their goals.

5. Raising Expectations

A college environment that seeks to prepare students for the next stage in their careers by fostering their maturity, encouraging independent learning skills and seeking to develop the whole personality.

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Manchester Giants Academy at Xaverian College


The Manchester Giants Academy programme at Xaverian is an excellent opportunity for students who wish to pursue a future in professional basketball, whilst studying for A-levels or Applied qualifications at one of Manchester’s top Sixth Form Colleges.

You will combine your academic studies at Xaverian with regular training with the Manchester Giants Academy. You will study three mornings and one full day on campus at college, taught by exceptional teaching staff, and with access to the same facilities and opportunities available for all of our students. You will then have four afternoons of training with Manchester Giants, benefiting from their professional coaching and support.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to demonstrate a track record of playing basketball to a high standard
  • Meet Xaverian’s academic and overall entry requirements, which can be found here

Studying with us

We expect that all Academy students will take at least one block of Sport BTEC* as part of the Academy programme of study, which you can combine with any two of our A-Levels, or equivalent Applied/BTEC subjects.

*The Sport BTEC course is available as one, two and three-block options, equivalent to the same number of A-Levels. Applicants can choose any of these options, and combine with other subjects as appropriate.

To apply

To apply, you will need to print off and fill in the application form below, include a personal statement that details your experience playing basketball, and then take it to your high school for the Head of Year (or a similar manager) to complete your predicted GCSE grades and reference. You will need to check whether your school will send the form directly to us or whether you will need to send it.

Please note that as with the general application process for Xaverian, applicants would need to be 16 or 17 on the 1st September 2021 in order to be eligible to apply. We are unfortunately unable to accept applications from students who would be 18 or over when starting the programme.

Download and print application form

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